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Thomas B. Murphy office replication records

 Collection
Identifier: POL-0002-04

Scope and Contents note

The collection documents the re-creation of former Georgia House of Representatives speaker Thomas B. Murphy's state capitol office in the Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia. It includes correspondence, drafts of exhibit captions, conceptual mock-ups, and other materials. There is a large amount of correspondence between Catherine Hendricks and Kathy Dixson, of Avient Museum Services, an Atlanta design firm; Lorene Flanders, dean of Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library; Keith Hebert, UWG historical consultant/curator; and Marina Rakitova, a graduate student assistant/curator. The captions for the various portions of the Murphy exhibit underwent extensive editing and review by the project team, and drafts of these edits and changes are included.

Dates

  • 2002-2012

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users.

Conditions Governing Use note

All rights retained by the University of West Georgia.

Biographical/Historical note

After being defeated for re-election in 2002, Speaker Thomas B. Murphy of the Georgia House of Representatives in 2003 transferred the contents of his office, including his legislative papers and approximately 1,500 artifacts, to the University of West Georgia. In 2008, the Georgia General Assembly allocated funds to replicate Speaker Murphy's state capitol office as part of the renovation of UWG's Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library. In February 2010, UWG's curatorial team, led by Catherine Hendricks, began work with Atlanta-based design firm Avient Museum Services to develop interpretative panels and computer kiosks to contextualize Murphy's life and career. Other members of the curatorial team included UWG history professor Dr. Keith Hebert and UWG graduate students Sara Berry, Marina Rakitova, Matthew Harris, and Jessica West. In 2011, curatorial staff cataloged Murphy's artifacts and prepared them for display. The replicated office and accompanying exhibit opened on April 19, 2012, with a number of prominent Georgia politicians - including Murphy's son, Judge Mike Murphy, former Georgia governors Roy Barnes and Sonny Perdue, and all four living speakers of the Georgia House of Representatives - in attendance.

Extent

5.4 Linear feet (7 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

The collection documents the re-creation of former Georgia House of Representatives speaker Thomas B. Murphy's state capitol office in the Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia. It includes correspondence, drafts of exhibit captions, conceptual mock-ups, and other materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Collection was transferred to Special Collections by Catherine M. Hendricks in 2017.

Processing Information note

Processed by Michael Camp, March 2019.
Title
Guide to the Thomas B. Murphy Office Replication Records POL-0002-04
Author
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid written by Michael Camp, March 2019.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States